The Longleaf Legacy program is focused on restoring the South's signature longleaf pine ecosystem to conserve biological diversity and sequester carbon. The following organizations were awarded Longleaf Legacy grants:
Applied Research Center of Alabama – To restore native longleaf pine to approximately 1,000 acres of current loblolly and Virginia pine plantations in the Talladega National Forest over the next three years. This project, which will plant nearly 600,000 longleaf seedlings, will create new habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers, Northern bobwhite quail, Bachman’s sparrows and a host of other species that depend on longleaf forests.
USDI-Fish and Wildlife Service/Eufaula NWR – To support the transition from predominantly mature loblolly pine forest to longleaf pine on 400 acres in the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. This conversion restores the landscape to the historic fire-dominant longleaf pine habitat type allowing more frequent prescribed burning benefiting numerous plant and animal species.